Morning Links: Robert Dudley Named BP CEO; Barack Obama Will Skip Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding


• Robert Dudley has officially been named the next (and first non-British) CEO of BP. Today, the company also reported a record $17 billion loss in the second quarter. BP plans to sell $30 billion in assets over the next 18 months to counter the massive loss. Oh, and Tony Hayward will get $1.6 million to make up for his being shipped off to Siberia. [NYT] [NYDN]

• Chelsea Clinton’s wedding is rumored to cost between $3 million and $5 million, and wedding experts think it will set a whole mess of trends. Obama will not be in attendance, but we’re sure he’ll send a nice gravy bowl in his stead. Presuming, of course, that he was invited. [NYDN] [CNN]

• Scientists are launching an expedition to the Titanic next month in hopes of creating a 3-D map of the wreck. [NPR]

• Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed Mindy LeGrand, who for the last decade has dressed in a nun’s habit to ask passers-by for donations to a nonexistent orphanage. Her “church” was apparently founded by a convicted rapist and serial killer to whom she’s related by marriage. Christians! [NYP]

• July 2010 may be New York’s hottest month on record, which actually kind of makes us nostalgic for last summer, when all it did was rain. [NYT]

• The fanciest Duane Reade yet will open this Saturday at Spring and Lafayette. [Bowery Boogie]

• The Daily Show is back, with more facial hair. [Gawker TV]